What better way to deepen our economic woes and tighten the death grip of the elites on our nation than to shortchange primary and secondary education with budget cuts and price higher education out of the range of the middle class?
Public school systems, beaten down by years of propaganda which convinced voters to refuse to pass necessary tax hikes, are finding themselves charging parents of students who want to pick up an instrument, and putting up bulletin boards in school lobbies with pleas from teachers for donations of crayons and paper. The radicals on the right, fearful of an educated middle class, campaigned relentlessly against local tax increases, and foolish voters, the very people who benefit from better education, were sucked into the maelstrom of the the downward spiral of our society and economy.
Our institutions of higher learning have become little more than debt pits. Ever-increasing tuition and sweetheart deals with financial institutions guarantee that those who manage to gain admission will exit with a crushing burden of debt which will haunt the graduate for much of her adult life.
In the past ten years, college tuition has risen by over 50 percent. How did this happen? Million-dollar-plus salaries and perks for administrators, gladiatorial monuments for sporting events which occur sporadically, a textbook industry mired in the 18th century, and a society which has failed to recognize the value of intellect, relying instead on mysticism and blind faith.
President Barack Obama, speaking at a community college in Michigan, said his administration would spend billions to shore up the infrastructure of the nation's 2-year degree-granting institutions, but left the tuition crisis out of his speech. Meanwhile the state’s Republican-controlled legislature was busy trying to kill the state's Michigan Promise program, which guarantees any student in the state a $4,000 grant if they manage to load themselves up with debt and complete two years at one of the state’s institutions of higher learning.
Colleges and universities need to realize that they cannot keep drawing from the tuition well to pay for the ego-boosting salaries of their presidents and sports directors. Nor does it make sense to erect monumental structures to play games while they impoverish students and their families.
Our national legislators invest money into failed financial corporations, firms which have missed the technological rocket as it whizzed by, and a military-industrial complex which foists off unneeded and bloated weapons projects on the government.
It is all enough to make you think that the one percent at the top of our society really does have some secret plan to turn the 99 percent into a race of Wellsian Morlocks.